Farming on other people’s land
Meaning and Benefits
The total world population today is estimated at over seven billion people. Regardless of geographical, national, and continental differences, there is one unique trait that connects them all — they all want to eat. In a controversial twist of the plot, one discovers that the planet just doesn’t jump in size as humans do in numbers. It doesn’t procreate its space, rather, it pretty much stays the same. So, it is basically up to us to determine how to reconcile the mathematical dissonance between population growth and scant resources in a way that everyone gets a satisfactory quota on his plate. This is the underlying principle behind the above concept.
Share farming or farming on other people’s land as it is also known is based on the simple idea that there may exist enough hearts and hands for agriculture but not enough land to cultivate. It is a mutually beneficial agreement wherein two people collaborate to conduct agriculture on the same land. Of the two involved, one person is the landowner who has agreed to allow the other person, called the operator, to farm on his land. They function as two separate entities in a business that exists as one. It is a relationship in which the agricultural venture involved is multi-disciplinary as both farmers can possess expertise in different areas of agriculture. It fosters a knowledge sharing operation where one farmer can always rely on the intellect or experience of the other to grow his business. The profits under these arrangements can be shared based on whatever the parties have agreed on.
Share farming is a highly resourceful way to use land. It offers many benefits to not just the individual farmers but also the wider scale of the environment. It helps to check unnecessary shedding of forest cover to cultivate new lands. It also sees that the welfare of species which occupy these forest territories is provided for as the lesser humans meddle in their business, the better they tend to fare. In a general sense, farming on other people’s land can aid in the expansion of the agricultural initiative. We need a lot of food to keep our populations nourished, healthy and able, to drive growth. There are countless people, young and capable ones, who connect intimately with agriculture but are inhibited by the lack of a convenient space to farm on. When they do find one, their financial desks are cluttered with paying rents and other remittances that strictly corporate control may accrue. As such, it is important to make agriculture easy and accessible to all by exploring whatever way available for it to be so.
In addition to this, there is the kind creation potentials that are replete in this arrangement. Rather than consistently wandering in search of new businesses, an easy way out is provided simply by converting to an ageless field of food production.
Furthermore, the transmission of agricultural knowledge is another key benefit that can be derived. Many farmers are gradually easing into retirement due to old age and therefore require younger people to manoeuvre the plough. Already though, technologies have evolved agriculture and they relegate a lot of ideals that used to be the norm. Thus, share farming offers young hands the opportunity to interact with aged farmers and preserve their archives of knowledge.
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